IMAGE Del r & USA 129 Obs

From: finn@main.jetnet.ab.ca
Date: Thu May 11 2000 - 22:17:11 PDT

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    At 04:43:50 12 May UTC +/-2 sec, Image Del r #26114 00017B passed almost
    directly in front of Mufrid in Bootes. Moving fast and at mag 2.
    
    Then a couple of minutes later, after shielding my view of the Moon with my
    roof, i saw USA 129 #24680 96072A at mag 3 come out of the Moon's glare. But
    i didn't get an accurate time as it passed in between a couple of bright
    stars just to the right (North) of the Moon because i had just finished
    watching Image Del r go by, turned and there it was. However since i know
    where due West is, at 04:46:11 UTC +/- 2 sec USA 129 was at Az 270 deg El 42
    deg.
    
    This elset was used:
    
    USA 129
    1 24680U 96072A   00130.88160880  .00021086  00000-0  30083-3 0    04
    2 24680  97.9002 194.5027 0514477 105.0203 260.8524 14.74496207    07
    
    Earlier i observed Iridium 85 tum #25529 98066C make a 1x pass, mag 3 all
    the way but only one flash, a -1 mag was seen as it headed South and it had
    a distinct orange colour to it.
    
    Jari
    54.25N
    110.11W
    556m
    
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